A jury of Georgia residents is deciding whether to convict three men in the 2020 death of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old man who was pursued through a neighborhood and confronted on suspicion of being a robbery suspect but whose family says he was jogging.
Closing arguments concluded on Tuesday, with prosecutor Linda Dunikoski arguing that Arbery was unjustifiably pursued, blocking any claims to self-defense. “Who started this? It wasn’t Ahmaud Arbery,” she said.
The suspects, Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan, have pleaded not guilty to charges of felony murder, aggravated assault, and false imprisonment. The McMichaels, the defense attorneys say, were seeking to perform a citizen’s arrest; Bryan, his attorney says, was merely armed with a cell phone.
“Roddie Bryan was not aware of any